Soil Testing

soil in hands

Plants are like human bodies; they need good nutrition, air, and water in order to grow healthy and disease free. There is growing evidence that produce and livestock grown on land that is balanced and nutrient dense are more nutritious for us.

Annual soil tests can tell you whether or not your soil is balanced and healthy. The Conservation District will help you interpret the results and give recommendations for how to best bring your soil to a healthier state. We specialize in organic recommendations.

Building healthy soil can take years, so start now to get going on the path toward long term sustainability on your land.

AVAILABLE TESTS:

THE BASIC SOIL TEST will identify levels of soil pH, nitrate-nitrogen, phosphate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, organic matter, and cation exchange capacity. Results include basic management recommendations and the conservation district helps you interpret those results. The basic soil test costs $35.

THE BASIC SOIL TEST PLUS includes the components of the basic soil test plus , sulfate-sulfur, buffer pH,  soluble salts, zinc, manganese, iron, copper and boron. You will also receive a copy of the Supplemental Guide to Soil Management and more extensive  recommendations that are geared to organic production. The basic soil test plus costs $75.

ADDITIONAL TESTS for metals and contaminants, microbial activity and soil index,  and plant tissue analysis (great for inquiring into plants which are not thriving) are also available. Prices vary depending on test.

Forms and soil sample bags are available at our office. Stop by or call to have one of our technical staff come to you to assist with taking the samples.

We send soil to the lab every Wednesday, so bring samples on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings along with a check to JCCD or exact change as we do NOT keep cash at the office.